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Energy Law Bulletin: Administrative Penalty Powers Given to BC Utilities Commission

Recent amendments to the BC Utilities Commission Act give the Commission significant new powers to issue “administrative penalties” and remedial orders. 

Energy Law Bulletin: Alberta’s New Energy Regulator: What Does it Mean for Project Development?

On October 24, 2012, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 2: the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). If enacted, REDA will establish a single energy regulator and create a new regulatory framework for energy resource projects in Alberta.

BC Ferries Wins Property Assessment Appeal Board Decision

The B.C. Property Assessment Appeal Board released an important decision reducing the assessed value for property tax of the upland land and improvements at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal to a nominal value.

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Employees’ Digital Privacy in the Workplace: Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Cole, 2012 SCC 53 may have a significant impact on how employers manage the use of digital devices in the workplace. While a constitutional and criminal decision at its core, the case nevertheless recognizes the importance of employees’ reasonable expectation of privacy when using work computers and other digital devices.

Energy Law Bulletin: The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan and the Management of Cumulative Effects

The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan (“LARP”) came into effect on September 1, 2012 and is the first of seven regional plans to be released under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. The LARP establishes the new cumulative effects approach to be used in the Lower Athabasca region and provides valuable insight as to how Alberta’s oil sands resources will be managed in the decades to come.

British Columbia's New Pension Benefits Standards Act - Key Changes

British Columbia’s new Pension Benefits Standards Act (the “PBSA” or the “Act”) received Royal Assent on May 31, 2012. While this new Act will eventually repeal and replace the existing PBSA, it will not come into force until the underlying regulations are developed and finalized, likely in 2013 or later. As the new Act is the final product of the November 2008 Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards (“JEPPS”) report and subsequent work by the B.C. and Alberta governments, it is anticipated that Alberta will introduce a substantially identical bill later this year.

Labour & Employment Bulletin

The following articles can be found in this bulletin:

* Welcome Chris Beneteau
* Federal Employee Disabled by Work Related Injury Protected Indefinitely
* Refusal to Return to Work Constitutes Just Cause
* Injunction Not Granted for Breach of Non-Solicitation Clause
* Refusal to Bargain Monetary Issues Constitutes Bargaining in Bad Faith

The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs

Will Roberts has written "The Secrets to Successful Pro-Bono Programs" for the October 2012  issue of CBA BarTalk.

Cross Canada Legal Panel: Legal Update and British Columbia Perspective on Equity

This paper provides a legal update and compares the availability and practical implications of “equity” in the appeal process across Canadian taxing jurisdictions.

Lawson Lundell LLP voted the #1 regional law firm in Western and Northern Canada

Lawson Lundell is honoured by this second consecutive #1 regional law firm ranking which would not have been possible without the loyalty and confidence of our clients.

Canadian Law of Defamation And The John Furlong Allegations

Marko Vesely's article "Canadian Law of Defamation And The John Furlong Allegations" was published on The Huffington Post site on October 1, 2012.

Chris Baldwin named Mining Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Chris Baldwin has been named Best Lawyers Mining Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Chris Sanderson, QC named Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Chris Sanderson, QC has been named Best Lawyers Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Jeff Christian named Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Jeff Christian has been named Best Lawyers Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Murray Campbell named Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Murray Campbell has been named Best Lawyers Employee Benefits Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Reinhold Krahn named Tax Law Lawyer of the Year (Vancouver) by Best Lawyers

Reinhold Krahn has been named Best Lawyers Tax Law Lawyer of the Year in Vancouver for 2013.

Lawson Lundell remembers David J. Smith

We are saddened to mark the death of our former partner David Smith on August 9, 2012. David was a superb lawyer, partner and colleague, and Lawson Lundell was fortunate to have him spend the entire 47 years of his private practice career with our firm.

Extra-jurisdictional Legal Process Outsourcers: ‘The Wave of the Present’

Governments, regulators, courts and consumer groups, alike, have advocated for greater ‘access to justice’ and more cost efficient legal services. For example, some legal regulators in Canada, at least, have taken steps to broaden the roles of paralegals and articled students, on the implied assumption that their services will be more affordable, in addition, possibly, to expanding legal services in less-populated areas.

Energy Law Bulletin: The Role of Emergency Preparedness in “Good Oilfield Practice"

Of necessity, what constitutes “good oilfield practice” for oil and gas operators constantly evolves to reflect changing economic conditions, technological advances, regulatory amendments and Court decisions. A prudent operator must be cognizant of this landscape and be ready to adapt and respond in order to limit its own losses, as well as its potential liability to its working interest partners under standard operating arrangements.

Energy Law Bulletin: Operator Liability for Administrative “Gross Negligence”

In the balancing of interests between operators and non-operators in co-owned Canadian oil and gas properties, the allocation of risk that has evolved under common industry agreements purports to hold an operator liable to its non-operators only in respect of those acts or omissions that rise to the level of “gross negligence or wilful misconduct”.  This narrow basis for operator liability is consistent with the underlying premise that a co-owner consents to undertake the role of operator on a mere cost-recovery basis, and not as a third party “for profit” asset manager or service provider. In the ordinary course, any one of several competent joint-owners could potentially fill the role of operator, and once appointed the operator is always subject to removal and replacement by the other non-operators.